A good lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?

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You all figure this will be a good rig for playing most current games (and past games?)

Budget - Within about $1600 (American)

Resolution - At first 1680 x 1050 - Eventually HD (and a dual monitor setup)

Games / Settings Desired: Everything from DOS era on. Most should probably be high settings (if not ultra)

Country - USA

Parts that can be reused: Not that I can think of (see current specs as to why)

Buying Parts: Before the end of the year, hopefully before fall or end of summer

Will NOT prebuilt (like my last)

The specs of the NEW build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8o2e

Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8o2e/by_merchant/

Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8o2e/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.99 @ Microcenter)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($214.99 @ eCost)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ NCIX US)

Hard Drive: Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg) [this is for the OS, not general storage]

Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)

------------- Will get monitor later----------------------

Monitor: Samsung P2770FH 27.0" Monitor ($294.98 @ NCIX US)

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.04 @ Amazon)

Total: $1917.82

(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-17 03:21 EDT-0400)

Current specs:

CPU: CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3800+

Motherboard: Motherboard Name Asus A8N-BR (Pyrite) (1 PCI, 2 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN, IEEE-1394)

Memory: System Memory 3008 MB (DDR2 SDRAM)

Hard Drive: Disk Drive SAMSUNG SP2504C SCSI Disk Device (250 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II) [can I really use SATA speeds?]

Video Card (GPU): Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE (128 MB)

Case: HP Pavilion Slimline (7700n)

Optical Drive: Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GSA-H20L ATA Device (DVD+R9:8x, DVD-R9:4x, DVD+RW:16x/8x, DVD-RW:16x/6x, DVD-RAM:5x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit

And what I wanted in a new system:


USB 2.0 speeds that are minimum of 30 MB a second

USB 3.0 speeds that are at lest 300+ MB/s

Firewire (and or eSata port) --- because I have a external hardrive that has both along with USB

At lest a solid terabyte (1.5 TB)

Supports VGA & DVI (@ first) - eventually HD for the new monitor

Multi card reader (although I mainly need SD and Memory Pro Stick Duo)

Able to use a PS3 controller AND A XBOX 360 controller (yes I know 360 is native support . . .)

I would like a quad core.


Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) (Main OS) -- Mostly for languages

May first run Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit - as I have both 32/64 bit discs now)

Windows XP - May run through virtual machine

Folding @home - (alth ough I use my PS3 for that when I'm not using it)

Gaming Software:

Will use steam:

Elder Scrolls (Morrowind -> Skyrim)

Portal 1 & 2

Batman Arkham (Asylum/City)

Sonic Generations

Quake (all)

Doom (all)

Wolfenstein (all)

Commander keen (all)

Bioshock (1/2) (perhaps infinite)

L.A. Noire

Bejeweled (all)

Peggle (all)

Various COD's

anything else that interests me

Will use CD/DVD's of the games I have:

Warcraft 2 - Tides of Darkness & Beyond the Dark Portal

Warcraft 3 - Reign of Chaos & Frozen Throne

Diablo 1 - 3 (when it comes out)

The Sims 1 - And all expansions

The Sims 2 (probably)

Simcity 4000 & Rushhour

May use emulation (to run up to the PS2/Wii)

Other Thoughts

Eventually a dual monitor setup (and one be HD resolution)

I will wait for some parts (hard drives, GPU, etc) to drop in price.

Will wait for IvyBridge. . . .

I WANT UEFI, NOT regular old BIOS (that this slimline has

May eventually like a dual GPU (crossfire?)

Monitor Thoughts:

First and foremost: HD

Supports: HDMI, DVI, Displayport (if the motherboard of the computer does)

Within 1 - 2 MS response time

Screen size - 25 to about 27 inches (this desk doesn't really have a lot of room)

Also is widescreen.

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I think the overall list of items looks pretty good.... great power supply and SSD decision ;). On the motherboard front, I lean more towards ASUS... always have when I used to build my own systems and these days we work with them to supply boards for our testing rigs. Our next generation platform we are actually planning to release next week or so is based on the ASUS P9X79 WS board with an Intel i7-3960X CPU and 64GB of RAM. Obviously overkill on the CPU and RAM for you, but we have never had any motherboard issues with ASUS.

For your requirements, those USB 2.0 and 3.0 speeds are probably going to work out, although it really depends on the hardware you are using. For most USB 3.0 devices we seem to hit a wall around 200MB/s for most devices. If you want something better, get an adapter to bring one of your Intel SATA 3.0Gb/s or 6.0Gb/s ports out through the rear of your case to an eSATA port. Best latency, no port conversion, and cases are usually cheap.

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